Oskar Gröning known as “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” dies aged 96:
A former Nazi SS guard who was called the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” has died aged 96, German press report.
In 2015 Oskar Gröning was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment but never started his prison sentence because of a series of appeals.
He died in a hospital on Friday, according to Spiegel Online.
The pensioner was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews at the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
His occupation at Auschwitz was to itemise valuables and money obtained from new arrivals, who were then killed or subjected to slave labour.
Even though a court doctor discovered he was fit for prison with proper medical supervision, his prison term was repeatedly delayed by ill-health and requests for clemency.
The former Nazi officer started work at Auschwitz at the age of 21. During his trial, he said he had seen mass killings, but denied any direct role in the genocide.
Addressing the judges, he said: “I ask for forgiveness. I share morally in the guilt – but whether I am guilty under criminal law, you will have to decide.”